Animal welfare advocates lobby Illinois lawmakers to protect pets
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[May 03, 2013]
NEW YORK -- Illinois citizens
concerned about animal welfare converged on the state Capitol for
Illinois Voices for Animals Lobby Day in Springfield on Wednesday to
lobby for better laws to protect pets. Humane Lobby Day was
sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free USA and the Illinois
Animal Welfare Federation.
Humane Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to
lobby in support of numerous animal protection bills, including:
House Bill 83, which will restrict the inhumane tethering of
House Bill1581, to promote the use of pet restraints in
House Bill 3388, which will establish a training program for
law enforcement officers in local government to help them
identify animal fighting and effectively address animal abuse
and severe dangers to public safety.
House Bill 733, to provide for humane options for farm
animals running at large.
House Bill 2991, which would ban the slaughter, sale and
consumption of lion meat.
Vicki Deisner, state
director of government relations for the ASPCA Midwest region, said:
"The ASPCA is proud to co-sponsor Illinois Voices for Animals Lobby
Day, as it allows citizens the opportunity to engage with their
representatives to discuss the need for animal welfare laws to
better protect the animals who cannot advocate for themselves. We
look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure the successful
passage of animal welfare legislation throughout the year."
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Rosalyn Morrison, legislative assistant for government and legal
affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute, said: "AWI is pleased to
be a part of Illinois Voices for Animals Lobby Day, as it allows
constituents to meet their representatives and speak up on behalf of
animals. We are thankful for Sen. Linda Holmes' leadership in
passing HB 83 out of the Senate Executive Committee 15-0, a bill
that will limit some of the most inhumane forms of animal tethering.
Dogs in Illinois will now have better lives with the passage of this
very important legislation."
Adam Roberts, executive vice president for Born Free USA, said:
"Illinois residents had a remarkable opportunity to be heard
(Wednesday) on a suite of vital, compassionate bills to save
animals. Thanks to them, I feel we’re one step closer to saving
lions from the cruelty of slaughter within the state to supply the
risky national trade in their flesh."
The ASPCA works closely with animal advocates and state
legislators to enact the strongest possible legal protections to
safeguard animals from cruelty, combat animal fighting, halt
wildlife abuse and more. The ASPCA Advocacy Brigade has more than
2.5 million members. For more information on the ASPCA, visit
[Text from file received from the
American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals]